MCU family for CAN FD networks for automotive designers

23-11-2020 | Microchip Technology | Semiconductors

Satisfying the need for increased bandwidth and flexible data rates in developing automotive applications like safety and communication, while supporting the development of ADAS further, Microchip Technology offers its PIC18 Q84 family — the first PIC18 MCU family that can be utilised to transmit and receive data through a CAN FD bus. Accompanied by an extensive array of CIPs that handle a mixture of tasks without needing CPU intervention, this family cuts both time and cost when connecting systems to a CAN FD network.


The family delivers a simple solution for transporting sensor data to a CAN FD bus, without the requirement for gateways or sophisticated network switching techniques. Also, its configurable CIPs make it straightforward to create custom hardware-based functions for automotive and industrial designs with near-zero latency. Further code is not needed. Available peripherals include a 32-bit CRC/SCAN and a WWDT for functional safety capabilities, and a JTAG interface to implement industry-standard testing and debugging.


“CAN FD will continue to play a critical role in delivering faster data transfer rates for applications, ranging from the connected car to industrial automation and smart homes,” said Greg Robinson, associate vice president of marketing for Microchip’s 8-bit microcontroller business unit. “Microchip is furthering the adoption of this protocol with our latest 8-bit PIC MCU family, helping designers create cost-effective network nodes at scale.”


The family provides both hardware and software support. Hardware includes a Curiosity Nano Development Board and a Curiosity HPC Development Board. A PIM is also offered for the Automotive Networking Development Board and use with the company's development boards. The software includes its MCC.

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